Story: Māori smoking, alcohol and drugs – tūpeka, waipiro me te tarukino

Growing your own

Growing your own

Three children sit amidst a healthy tobacco crop being grown at Jerusalem on the Whanganui River in the early 1900s. The tobacco was for community use – attempts to export the crop were not successful. Cultivation of the plant was popularised in the 1860s when Governor George Grey wrote a pamphlet on the topic (translated into Māori in 1867).

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Megan Cook, 'Māori smoking, alcohol and drugs – tūpeka, waipiro me te tarukino - Māori use of tobacco', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39864/growing-your-own (accessed 5 June 2020)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 Sep 2013